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HDFS 585 & HDFS 590 - Professional Seminar/Professional Capstone in HDFS

A resource for students in HDFS 585 & 590, and starting their professional careers

Library Research Guide


Books on shelves at Kansas State University Libraries. Link leads to larger view of same image.

Welcome to the HDFS 585 and HDFS 590 Class Guide. This guide is designed to help you navigate various aspects of scholarly research. Regardless of your job after graduation, these skills will help you become a more efficient critical thinker and researcher in the real world.

If this guide does not have the information and/or guidance you are looking for, do not hesitate to  Ask A Librarian  for help.

Library Resources

Research help

Librarians and staff are available by email or chat to answer research questions or to provide help with using online resources. For general questions, use our Ask A Librarian service, or email me ( for help. 

Library access and research materials

Hale Library is currently in a phased opening plan. For more information, see Continuation of Libraries Services and Hale Library Hours.

Most printed library materials are still not available following the fire in Hale Library, but you can still use all of our online books and journals. Interlibrary Loan will continue to process requests, however, some requests may be delayed if the libraries that hold those items are closed. 

Navigating this Course Guide

The materials on this guide are divided into these categories: 

  • Overview of the research process

  • Search tips 

  • Evaluating sources

  • What are scholarly and peer reviewed articles

  • What's available to you before graduation

  • What's available to you after graduation

  • Using material ethically and citing

Use the tabs at the left of the screen to navigate through this guide.